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Turner Trading With Favors?

Sunday, June 06, 2010


Here is Version 4 of my NBA Mock Draft. The big news since the last update is that Donatas Motiejunas has pulled out of the draft. Chad Ford also has the Sixers passing on Evan Turner and taking Derrick Favors, but I still don't think I'm ready to go there - yet.

1. Washington Wizards – John Wall PG Kentucky

Congratulations to the Wizards, who will almost certainly take Wall with the first pick. The bigger question is whether or not Gilbert Arenas is back with the Wizards or moved at a discounted price. But either way, Wall is now the future in Washington, despite the fact they don't have much to surround him with right now.

2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner SG Ohio State

I keep hearing Brandon Roy's name when people are talking about Turner, and perhaps no player is as NBA-ready as the Ohio State product. He should vie for Rookie of the Year in Philly, who was the other big winner on draft night. And if the Wizards somehow pass on Wall, the Sixers will gladly take him, even if it doesn't make a ton of sense with Jrue Holiday coming on. Rumors are swirling that the Sixers might take Derrick Favors with this pick, and while I may eventually buy into that theory, I still think Turner is the pick here.

3. New Jersey Nets – Derrick Favors PF Georgia Tech

I slept on Favors in Version 1, but he's going to be a Top 5 pick. He's still somewhat of a project – as in a guy who won't be ready to really produce for a couple years. I doubt he is in the running for Rookie of the Year and offensively, he's probably going to struggle. But a timeshare with Yi Jianlian might be just what the doctor ordered, and three years from now he could be a beast. Favors could be taken with the No. 2 pick by the Sixers, and the Nets will gladly take Turner if it happens.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves – Wesley Johnson SF Syracuse

The Wolves don't need another big man and Johnson's stock appears to be rising quickly. The Wolves aren't exactly strong at small forward, and Johnson looks like he's ready to step in and contribute on Day 1.

5. Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins C Kentucky

The Kings have Spencer Hawes and Jason Thompson, but given the inconsistency of Hawes, could go with this big man as an insurance policy. Some people love Cousins, while others see him as a serious bust candidate. Either way, it's not likely he'll go later than No. 5 or 6 in the draft. They could also take a small forward like Al-Farouq Aminu here, which would make sense.

6. Golden State Warriors – Cole Aldrich C Kansas

With the disastrous, injury-plagued season the Warriors' big men had (Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf, Anthony Randolph, Brandan Wright), the Warriors would have loved to get their hands on Cousins, and its' possible he could fall to them. If not, Aldrich seems to make the most sense at No. 6. Can Aldrich play for Nellie? We may be close to finding out.

7. Detroit Pistons – Al-Farouq Aminu SF Wake Forest

The Pistons need help at almost every position and Aminu's stock is rising. If he's still available at seven, it's hard to imagine the Pistons passing on him. It would also clear the way for them to trade Tayshaun Prince, which seems like something Joe Dumars wouldn't mind doing.

8. Los Angeles Clippers – Greg Monroe PF Georgetown

Ford has the Clips taking Gordon Hayward here, which is funny, since the early prediction was that he wasn't a lottery pick. It also makes my call for the Pacers to take him at No. 10 look that much more legit. Monroe's another player whose stock is rising and the Jazz love him. If he's still available at No. 9 the Jazz will bite, but I doubt he's there after the Clips pick. The Clippers are still unsure of how healthy Blake Griffin's going to be, so Monroe might be a nice insurance pick.

9. Utah Jazz (from Knicks) – Ed Davis SF North Carolina

The Jazz will likely need a replacement for free agent Kyle Korver, as well as some insurance for oft-injured Andrei Kirilenko. Davis is a legitimate Top 10 pick, and he could end up going anywhere from No. 6 to 11. He has the potential to be an Al Horford clone, which is why he will go in the lottery. The Jazz would be pleased to see Monroe here, and also have an eye on Gordon Hayward.

10. Indiana Pacers – Gordon Hayward F Butler

Do I really believe the Pacers will reach for Butler's phenom at No. 10? I'm starting to – if he's even available this late. For some reason, his stock is rising and Ford has Hayward going at No. 8 to the Clippers. He'd sell tickets in Indy, and they need as much help in that department as they do on the court. If Hayward doesn't blow them away in workouts, guard Avery Bradley could be the guy.

11. New Orleans Hornets – Luke Babbitt SF Nevada

Babbitt is a lefty with an eagle eye from the free throw line and beyond the arc. The Hornets could use a shooter with Peja Stojakovic usually hurting, and Babbitt's stock is on the rise. No. 11 might be a bit too early, but we wouldn't be surprised to see the Hornets take a gamble on him there. Defense is the big question mark with Babbitt, and there is a concern that he could be the next Adam Morrison. We'll see.

12. Memphis Grizzlies - Ekpe Udoh PF Baylor

Zach Randolph isn't going to be around forever and Darrell Arthur hasn't exactly knocked anyone's socks off. Udoh averaged 14 & 10 at Baylor, but will probably be more of a role player in the NBA.

13. Toronto Raptors - Daniel Orton F/C Kentucky

Chris Bosh seems good as gone in Toronto, while Andrea Bargnani is a center only on paper. Orton would provide some immediate size and strength for the Raptors and seems to make a lot of sense here. The only problem is that Orton averaged just three points and three boards while playing behind some studs at UK last year, meaning he's going to be a project.

14. Houston Rockets – Xavier Henry G Kansas

The Rockets have Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin, but also don't really need any more big men who aren't centers. Henry's draft position is up in the air and he could easily go 10 picks later than this, although I have a feeling his stock will rise.

15. Milwaukee Bucks (via Bulls) – Hassan Whiteside PF Marshall

Whiteside will be a bit of a project, but is still a possible lottery pick. His wingspan is huge and he's been impressive in workouts. He should become a defensive specialist, somewhat like a junior version of Marcus Camby. But it could take him a few years to develop.

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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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